Wednesday, August 16, 2006

FDA issues new drug warnings

The Food and Drug Administration has discovered new risks with psychiatric drug users.
Many SSRI/SNRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors/selective serotonin/norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors) drugs have been found to up the risk of a fatal lung disorder in newborns when the mother has taken SSRIs or SNRIs during pregnancy. These drugs are common drugs such as Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, Cymbalta and more.

Also, these drugs, when used in combination of certain migraine medications like Imitrex, Amerge and Zomig, can result in a life threatening condition called serotonin syndrome - the symptoms of which are (per
this site) are:
euphoria, drowsiness, sustained rapid eye movement, overreaction of the reflexes, rapid muscle contraction and relaxation in the ankle causing abnormal movements of the foot, clumsiness, restlessness, feeling drunk and dizzy, muscle contraction and relaxation in the jaw, sweating, intoxication, muscle twitching, rigidity, high body temperature, mental status changes were frequent (including confusion and hypomania - a "happy drunk" state), shivering, diarrhea, loss of consciousness and death.

I found the above alert on
this Yahoo! site.

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